Sunday, January 6, 2013

Downton Abbey Mania!

Sunday night I sat engrossed in front of the TV watching the premier event of the year. The first episode of (drumroll please) Downton Abbey Season Three! Anyone who’s read my blog knows I’m just a wee bit obsessed with the show!  I had a blast watching it. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t caught it yet, but I thought, in honor of Season 3, wouldn’t it be fun to do some Edwardian/Downton era trivia?

Below are eight questions and all you have to do is answer them to be entered into a drawing for the possibility of winning one of TWO  awesome Downton Abbey/Edwardian prize packages.  The first prize consists of the latest TV Guide Winter preview issue with the Downton cover plus a great article about the show (this is sure to be a collector’s item), then to complete your Downton look we have a pair of long white opera/evening gloves, a Downtonesque pearl necklace, and a lace shawl. This will ensure you “look the part” at your next party or for next week’s episode.  The second prize package includes the same book listed above with a beautiful Downtonesque broach and another pair long white opera/evening gloves. How fun, huh??

 If you get all eight questions right, I’ll give you two entries into the drawing. Next Monday I’ll announce the two winners plus the answers to the trivia questions with additional background information into Edwardian/Downton life, in the process.

 So let’s get started!


 1 – Why couldn’t Lady Mary inherit Downton?

            A – Because she wasn’t old enough.
            B – Because she wasn’t married.
            C – Because she wasn’t a male.

 2– Who is the highest ranking male servant in an Edwardian country house?

            A – The footman.
            B – The butler.
            C – The valet.

 3 – The Edwardian era got its name from King Edward VII. Which year did he become king?

            A – 1887
            B – 1904
            C – 1902

 4– Who currently lives at Highclere Castle? (This is the castle Downton is filmed at)

            A – The Earl of Carnarvon
            B – The Duke of Marlborough
            C – The Earl of Grantham

 5 – How many times a day would an Edwardian lady change her clothes?

            A – 3
            B – 5
            C – 6

 6– Lady Grantham is an American heiress who traded her cash for a countess’s coronet. One of the most famous American heiresses was...

            A – Margaret Greenville
            B – Consuelo Vanderbilt
            C – Daisy Arlington

 7 – In the year 1912, changes were happening everywhere. What new invention is brought to        Downton in Season 1?

            A – A telephone.
            B – A refrigerator.
            C – A toaster.

 8 – Which of these quotes is attributed to the Dowager Countess?

            A – What is a weekend?
            B – Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!
            C - No man wants to kiss a girl in black.
            D – All of the above.

Leave your answers 1-8 in your comment, along with your email address so I can contact you if you win. Drawing ends Friday at 8pm. Here are photos of our lovely prizes and we’ll see you back here on Monday for the answers and winners and some more insight into life in Edwardian England!


Happy Downton watching!




SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!  This week on Thursday the 10th, I will be hosting MaryLu Tyndal on this blog, plus giving away a copy of her recent novel, Veil of Pearls, one of my favorite books of 2012. MaryLu is an amazing author and we’ll be having lots of fun talking about movie soundtracks, character casting and maybe a pirate or two!


Stephenie Hovland said...

The questions directly from the show were pretty easy (like the last two!) But I'm not 100% sure I found the right answers for the others. Here are my best guesses:
I'm getting ready to watch the show tonight!

Linda Glaz said...

What a fabulous contest. I won't even attempt to answer them all, but have steered a bunch of folks your way. Best wishes Amanda. I'm a Downton fan as well. Love it! And I'm not much of a tv watcher, but it has me hooked like crack!!!! Well, okay, that's a bit much...

Stephenie Hovland said...

I think I forgot my email address in that first comment. Sorry. It's

Anonymous said...

Here's my best effort to answer the quiz questions:
What a great quiz and prizes. I'm counting down the hours until Season Three begins.
Andee S.Davis

Amy Drown said...

1. C
2. B
3. C is the year of E7's coronation, but he technically became king in 1901. :-)
4. A
5. Could be B or C, depending on your source!
6. B
7. A
8. D (love, love, love Maggie Smith!!!)

Can't wait to tune in tonight! :-)
Amy (at) amydrown (dot) com

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Amanda, This was fun! I love Downton Abbey, and was very blessed to visit Highclere Castle last summer. I am currently writing an Edwardian romance series for WaterBrook. So you know I love the time period too.

Here are my answers:

Thanks so much!

Teresa7 said...

Hi! I'll see it tonight. Can't wait!

1)C 2)B 3)C 4)A
5)C 6)B 7)A 8)D said...

I got to watch all of season one in a marathon a few months ago. Totally hooked. Am hoping to get season two this week, but I'm not going to wait to start season three! LOL!

My answers are cbcabbad.


Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Hi Amanda, thank you for the chance to be entered in the drawing. I was fortunate to see Season 3 while in the U.K. for 5 wks. last autumn. Glad Carrie visited Highclere. Didn't get to Highclere, but did tour Chatsworth for the second time. Saw the latest installment, A Journey to the Highlands, last night. Here's my answers to questions:
5.B (depending on source)


Linda C. Apple said...

C,B,C (however he ascended the throne in 1901. He was crowned in 1902) A, B on a normal day C should she decide to go riding or walking, B, A, D.

I absolutely adore this show! My friends in the UK have teased me for months. Now finally, it is OUR turn!

Linda C. Apple said...

oops, forgot to leave my email:

Susan Craft said...

1-c, 2-b, 3-c, 4-a, 5-b, 6-b, 7-a, 8-a
I laughed so hard at the particular comment by the Dowager Countess and still say it when someone at work says TGIF.

Susan Craft said...

Oops for me too for not leaving my email

Dana McNeely said...

Thanks for this brief distraction, as I wait with bated breath for tonight's premiere! My guesses are CBACABAA Dana McNeely

Kathleen Maher said...

How fun! I'll take a stab at this. 1.C

Amanda said...

Wow, so excited so many of you are enjoying the trivia!!

Some of you mentioned King Edward VII, actually became king in 1901. I debated whether or not to use that date as the date he became king or 1902, when he was actually crowned. Both 1901 and 1902 could be correct, depending on how you're looking at it.

I watched episode one of Downton last night. Two words. LOVED IT!!

Annette O'Hare said...

My daughter gave me Downton, seasons 1 & 2 for Christmas and we've been having a marathon before she returns to college next week! It is definitely my new guilty pleasure!! Here's my guesses.
Hope we win!!